2011 Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominees

by Jacob Coakley
The Non-Equity Jeff Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatre not under a union contract.

 


The Non-Equity Jeff Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatre not under a union contract.

Chicago does theatre well. Chicago does theatre really, really well. So it should come as no surprise that they do theatre awards really well, too. The Jeff Awards, which honor excellence in Chicago theatre, have two different rounds of awards. In the spring they honor “excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract” with their Non-Equity Awards. They also honor theatre made with union contracts at their Equity Awards ceremony—but that awards round takes place in the fall, allowing each level of production to have their moment in the light. So on Wednesday, April 27, the Jeff Awards committee announced the nominees for the 2011 Non-Equity Jeff Awards. There were 106 nomination in 23 categories, and theatre group The Hypocrites walked away with the most nominations, 14, for their three productions. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, June 6.

2013 Tony Award Nominations Announced

by Jacob Coakley
The 2013 Tony Awards will take place on Sunday, June 9.

The 2013 Tony Awards will take place on Sunday, June 9.

The American Theatre Wing announced the nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards, honoring the best of Broadway, on Tuesday, April 30. The big nominees were, predictably, the big musicals. Kinky Boots, the new musical based on the story behind the 2005 movie that tells the story of a struggling shoemaker and his drag queen business partner, garnered 13 nods, with West End hit Matilda the Musical close behind with 12 nominations. The full list of new musicals up for Best Musical are: Bring It On: The Musical, A Christmas Story, The Musical, Kinky Boots, Matilda The Musical. For straight plays, the revival of Golden Boy led the pack with eight nominations, while new plays Lucky Guy and  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike each had six. The new plays up for Best Play are: The Assembled Parties (by Richard Greenberg), Lucky Guy (by Nora Ephron) The Testament of Mary (by Colm Toíbín), and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (by Christopher Durang). As an aside, the Tony committee unwittingly showed just how small the Broadway lighting community is when they nominated Ken Posner for Best Lighting Design for a Musical in three out of four of the available slots for his work on Kinky Boots, Pippin and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

The Tonys will also award several special Tony Awards. Bernard “Bernie” Gersten, Executive Producer of Lincoln Center  Theater, Scenic Designer Ming Cho Lee and Paul Libin, Executive Vice President of Jujamcyn Theatres, will all receive special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. The Isabelle Stevenson Award will be presented to Tony-winning playwright Larry Kramer. Finally, the 2013 Regional Theatre Award will be presented to the Huntington Theatre Company of Boston, Mass. Full list of nominations -- and a video of the nomination process -- after the jump.

2014 Olivier Award Winners Announced

by Angela Marlett

LONDON — Honoring the year's best theatre in London’s West End, the 2014 Olivier Awards were presented April 13 at the Royal Opera House. The production awards went to The Book of Mormon, named Best New Musical, to Merrily We Roll Along, named Best Musical Revival, Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense, Best New Comedy; Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Best New Opera Production; Puz/zle, Best New Dance Production; Chimerica, Best New Play, and to Les Misérables, which collected the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award.

2014 Tony Award Nominations Announced

by Jacob Coakley

On Tuesday, April 29, actress of stage and screen Lucy Liu and Tony-nominee Jonathan Groff announced the nominees for the 68th annual Tony Awards. The Tony Awards show will take place Sunday, June 8 from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Eastern and will be televised on CBS (live on the East Coast, delayed for the West Coast). The nominations for awards in 26 competitive categories were selected by an independent committee of 33 theatre professionals. A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder received the most nominations (with 10), followed closely by another musical, the remount of Hedwig and the Angry Inch with eight. For straight plays, two revivals (The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night) received the most nominations, with seven. In addition to the competitive categories, the Tony Awards will honor other theatres and theatre professionals this year. The  2014 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented to costume designer Jane Greenwood and the Isabelle Stevenson Award will be presented to Rosie O’Donnell.  The 2014 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre will be presented to President and CEO of The Actor’s Fund Joseph P. Benincasa, photographer Joan Marcus and General Manager Charlotte Wilcox. The regional theatre Tony this year will be awarded to the Signature Theatre of New York. More about all those awards, and the complete list of nominees after the jump! (And congrats to everyone nominated!)

23rd Annual Lucille Lortel Award Nominations Announced

by Stage Directions
NEW YORK – The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers has announced the nominations for the 23rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway, which will be presented on May 5th at the Union Square Theatre.  

24th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Raised Over $3,000,000

by Stage Directions
The 24th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition raised $3,265,700 this year by the 64 participating Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National Tour companies benefiting Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. Since it began in 1987, the 23 editions of the Easter Bonnet Competition have raised over $42 million for BC/EFA.

 

28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Raises $4.5 Million for BC/EFA

by Jacob Coakley

The 28th annual Easter Bonnet Competition raised more than $4.5 million over six weeks of fundraising this year, a record amount that will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The company of The Lion King won best bonnet presentation, featuring the booty-short wearing "two white guys" from their show aerobically dancing to Frank Stallone's “Far from Over.” After Midnight took runner-up honors for a sultry, crowd-pleasing take on Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” The special award for bonnet design was given to the company of Once for its bonnet, created by Becky Bodurtha. A video of highlights of the Easter Bonnet show after the jump!

A Cradle for New Work

by Amy Schoon
Theatre Arts at Iowa stays committed to creation.

Don’t mess with tradition — that might be an unofficial motto of the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Its theatre-training program, the third oldest in the country, has been committed to the same basic focus since it was founded in 1920: dedication to the creation of new work for the stage. Students, faculty and distinguished guests are all encouraged to develop new plays, and each year graduate and undergraduate students produce at least 15 new works and present another 25 as readings.